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How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates

rajesh stands beside a solar light installed in his home by a student group – one of two functioning lights in the entire village of rajghat
Rajesh stands beside a solar light installed in his home by a student group – one of two functioning lights in the entire village of Rajghat. Photograph: Michael Safi for the Guardian

India’s population and emissions are rising fast, and its ability to tackle poverty without massive fossil fuel use will decide the fate of the planet

November 6, 2017 — “It’s a lucky charm,” says Rajesh, pointing to the solar-powered battery in his window that he has smeared with turmeric as a blessing. “It has changed our life.” Continue reading How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates

2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record

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Activists hold giant balloons labeled ‘CO2’ in front of the Neurath coal power plant ahead of the Bonn climate summit. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

Data so far this year points to 2017 continuing a long-term trend of record breaking temperatures around the world, says World Meteorological Organization

November 6, 2017 — 2017 is set to be one of the hottest three years on record, provisional data suggests, confirming yet again a warming trend that scientists say bears the fingerprints of human actions. Continue reading 2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record

6 die in mudslide, plane stuck as heavy rain lashes parts of India

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Authorities in the remote Himalayan state of Sikkim say the 6 died when their home was swept away by a landside following a monsoon deluge

MUMBAI, India (Sept. 21, 2017) — Six people were killed on Wednesday, September 20, in a landslide in northeast India, while heavy rain in the western city of Mumbai caused havoc after a plane skidded off the runway and became stuck in mud. Continue reading 6 die in mudslide, plane stuck as heavy rain lashes parts of India

Floods in drought season: is this the future for parts of India

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A Mumbai street after flooding that left more than 20 people dead. Photograph: Rajanish Kakade/AP

Mumbai, Assam and other regions are used to extreme weather, but the recent flooding was not ‘normal’. The powers that be must adjust, and fast

September 5, 2017 — It is possible to be killed by floods in Mumbai, but not really to be surprised by them. On 29 August, the city was battered by a monsoon storm which left homes, highways and Continue reading Floods in drought season: is this the future for parts of India

South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school

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A passenger bus moves through a waterlogged road in Mumbai. Photograph: Shailesh Andrade

Hundreds dead in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, while millions have been forced from their homes and 18,000 schools shut down across the region

August 31, 2017 — Heavy monsoon rains have brought Mumbai to a halt for a second day as the worst floods to strike south Asia in years continued to exact a deadly toll. Continue reading South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school

In an era of unwelcome climate records Hurricane Harvey won’t be the last

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Residents are evacuated during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

From the US to India and China, human impact on the climate is likely to have made droughts and storms more severe – and the trend is only set to continue

August 30, 2017 — The 17tn US gallons of rain (roughly 26m Olympic swimming pools) dumped on Texas by Hurricane Harvey has set a new high for a tropical system in the US, but it is unlikely to Continue reading In an era of unwelcome climate records Hurricane Harvey won’t be the last

At least 700 killed in South Asia floods

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MASSIVE FLOODING. Indian villagers attempt to cross floodwaters with the help of rope and empty canisters next to a washed away portion of a bridge at Palsa village in Purnia district in Bihar state on August 18, 2017. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Over a million people are forced to flee their homes due to the massive flooding

NEW DELHI, India (Aug. 21, 2017) — The confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods Sunday, August 20, officials said. Continue reading At least 700 killed in South Asia floods